New Course Offerings Winter 2019

Posted on Monday, October 29th, 2018

Introduction to Controlled Environment Systems:

Course description – Canada is among the world’s leading providers of research and technology development devoted to “biological life support” for humans on long duration space exploration missions. Students will be exposed to the broad scope of research activities and infrastructure at the UoG's Controlled Environment Systems Research Facility which represents Canada's main contribution to this field internationally. Discussions will focus on the technical challenges faced by space explorers and how the solutions relate to knowledge and technology transfer to Earth-based problems in issues from the environment to the economy. Students will prepare papers and discussions on relevant topics.

Notes about course – This is a second trial offering of this course. It does not currently exist as an actual course, so you must talk to Dr. Mike Dixon about taking this course within a special topics course (likely an ENVS third year course). He lists BIOL 1070 as a prerequisite, but I suspect BIOL 1050 will also suffice.

UPDATE: This course will run as ENVS 3510, section 02. It is Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:30pm-2:50pm in Graham Hal 3301.

ANSC 3090 Vertebrate Ethology:

Course description – This course deals with why vertebrates behave as they do (with particular emphasis on mammals and birds), covering the causation of behaviour (including learning, motivation, affective states, hormones, sensory processing and neurobiological mechanisms); function (both immediate/proximate and adaptive/ultimate); ontogeny (including socialization and sensitive periods); and phylogeny (especially the influences of taxonomic group and domestication). This framework is then applied to the following aspects of animal behaviour: foraging, anti-predator responses, sleep, sociality, mating, parental behaviour, play, dispersal and territoriality, animal intelligence and behavioral pathologies.

Notes about course – This course will eventually become a prerequisite for Applied Animal Behaviour (ANSC 4090), so if you have ANSC 4090 already, you cannot take this course. It is being taught by Georgia Mason and the current prerequisite is ANSC 1210. They are still working on a time and location for this course, so check back often. They are also working to try and fairly distribute spots among Equine Management, Animal Science and Animal Biology majors, so there may be a sign-in process.

UPDATE: This class is now scheduled on WebAdvisor. 

BIOL 3670 Introduction to Wildlife Rehabilitation:

Course description – This course focuses on Canadian wildlife and ways to mitigate various human-animal interactions. There will be a specific emphasis on wildlife rehabilitation: its benefits, risks (to humans and animals), ethical concerns, principles of stabilization of sick and injured animals, and other key area for consideration. Common presentations and underlying reasons for sick and injured animals that are admitted to a rehabilitation centre are presented. Whether in a wildlife centre or in the field, understanding important psychologic differences between species and how to stabilize animals for subsequent treatment by a permitted rehabilitator or a wildlife veterinarian are discussed.

Notes about course – This course has been approved to be taught long term and is currently requesting an early offering, so there is a chance it may not be offered. The current prerequisite for BIOL 3670 is 1 of ANSC 2340, BIOL 2060, BIOL 2400, ZOO 2090. It will be a prerequisite to another new course, BIOL 3680 Wildlife Rehabilitation: Caring for Sick, Injured and Orphaned Wildlife, which will begin in Fall 2019 (if BIOL 3670 is offered).

AGR 3500 Experiential Education (alternative offering):

Alternative course description – This course offers an experiential learning opportunity in the agri-food industry through a 40-hour unpaid internship experience with an industry partner from sectors such as government, financial or agri-food. Students will learn about career-readiness and the agri-food industry, be provided the resources to apply and secure an internship position and be matched with an employer. This internship is flexible and can be completed simultaneously during the course or completed by the end of the Fall 2019 semester. A final grade will not be submitted until the internship is completed.

Notes about course – This is another run of a pilot internship course (housed under AGR 3500 temporarily until a new course is created). Students will attend lectures about the resume, cover letter and interview skills as well as introduction to the agri-food sector and workplace ethics, professionalism and safety. Students in semesters 4, 5, 6 and 7 may apply for the course if they have at least a 65% cumulative average. Fourth years may also be eligible to take the course after a discussion. I am the instructor, so please email if you have questions.

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